Shorthanded Arabians grab win from Golden Bears

PENDLETON — The Pendleton Heights girls basketball team got back in the win column on Friday, Nov. 24, with a 51-42 victory against Shelbyville.
The first half featured two struggling offenses, as the Arabians (4-3) took a 19-14 lead into halftime; but that could partly be blamed on not being at full strength.
“We were a little hampered with injury,” head coach Chad Cook said.
Sophomore Ally Hall and senior Lauren Landes, both of whom are regular starters, were unavailable for the Arabians.
“We still handled them,” Cook said. “We got a win on the road against a conference team.”
Without Hall and Landes, the Arabians doubled down on defense to force the Golden Bears into 18 turnovers. Junior Kailyn Graham led Pendleton Heights with three steals. The Arabians also limited Shelbyville to only five offensive rebounds.
“We definitely shut them down with the offensive rebounds,” Cook said.
He said he was especially impressed with Graham, who grabbed five rebounds and led the Arabians in scoring with 17 points. Nine of those points came from the free-throw line.
“We’re gonna expect that more and more out of her,” Cook said. “She’s highly capable.”
Sophomore Aubree Dwiggins had eight points on 3-of-6 shooting, and she added 11 rebounds to her stat sheet. Sophomore Laikyn Conner also scored eight points on 4-of-5 shooting.
Pendleton Heights will face Mt. Vernon on Saturday, Dec. 2, for a 1:30 p.m. tipoff.